UUFA Sunday Morning Program Committee
        
        The Sunday Morning Program Committee (SMPC) plans and
        implements year-round Sunday morning services during times
        when our minister doesn't speak. The committee works with our
        minister to facilitate and to plan shared programs. Members
        arrange for speakers from within and from outside the
        Fellowship.


        Programs Presented in 2009


 

                 January 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10  <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 10am
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17        COA at 3pm
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31  <-- PSD PPC Meeting in Bloomington or White Bear

                                             
       Jan   4  "Marginalia: Life's little   Speakers: Rev. Roger Butts  [30,50 ice storm 12 hours earlier]
                 surprises on the path to    Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Sam Wormley
                 wonder and awe"             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorder Duet

             Marginalia is a poem by Billy Collins about a bit of marginalia he saw
             in a library book once, a message that came out of the blue, that came
             unexpectedly and touched something in him that expanded his view of
             himself and the world. Billy Collins invites us to be attentive to those
             things that come to us as moments of clarity, moments of grace, moments
             of new awareness that are pure gift. A service that asks: What little
             epiphanies have visited you?

             [Read ahead if you'd like: Marginalia 
                http://www.billy-collins.com/2005/06/marginalia.html]
                                             
                                             
       Jan  11  "This I Believe"             Speakers: Barb Evenson, Emily Kapler & Lexa Scupham  [53,99]
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Marty Helland
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                                            "Like a Mighty Stream"
                                                            Wes Shank (Piano)
                                                            
             Recent participants in a fall offering of Building Your Own Theology
             will share readings, music, and experiences from their own paths on the
             search for truth and meaning. Come celebrate the diversity of our
             congregation members while supporting each individual journey.

                                             
                                             Prelude: Charlotte Mann (Harp)
       Jan  18  "Barack Obama and the Vision Speakers: Mary Sawyer          [50,100]
                 of Martin Luther King, Jr." Facilitators: Mary Richards & Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (9am), Mary Richards (11am)
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day and Inauguration day 
             this week, join us for an exploration of the meaning of Obama's
             election  in the context of King's unfinished agenda. What has impeded
             the fulfillment of King's vision over the past 40 years? What can we
             reasonably hope for from an Obama administration?
             
                                             
       Jan  25  "Time Machine"               Speakers: High School Youth   [133+]
                                             Facilitators: None Needed
                                             Accompanist: None Needed 
                [Single Service at 10am]     Special Music: Youth Band

             Join the UUFA senior high youth as they share what it was like to be a
             UU teen in past decades. Music, readings, and reflections from teens and
             times past, as well as our own youth-built time machine, will be woven
             into this year's youth service.



                 February 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- PSD Program Council Meeting Feb 21-22
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
                                             
 
       Feb   1  "Love and the Heritage"      Speakers: Sarah Carlson & Susan Franzen  [47,95]
                  of Our Sacred Space"       Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Mark Witherspoon
              (Iowa Grown Meal)              Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                  [Launch Pledge Drive]      Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             
             We are nurtured within the rich backdrop formed by our building, our
             landscape and the physical memorials within this sacred space. What are
             their stories  What feelings and thoughts do the aesthetics of our space
             evoke  How do they symbolize and preserve the spirit of this community.
             Our heritage is open-ended, forward-looking and perpetually unfinished.
             How do each of us contribute to the legacy of this community we love so
             well?
             
             
                                             Prelude: Dylan Konar, "All I Ask Of You" by Andrew Lloyd Weber
       Feb   8  "The Case for Reality"       Speakers: Jon, Kay & Toby  [48,80]
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Facilitators: Mary Richards
                                             Accompanist: Wes Shank
                     49                        Special Music:
                                             Postlude: Dylan Konar, "You And I" by Stevie Wonder                                             
        
             Some people spend their lives in denial, daydreams, or some
             other fantasy. That's no way to behave -- whether practically
             or spiritually. Those poor schmucks need to get real.              

                                                                          
                                             Prelude: Thea Brenner
       Feb  15  "The Case for Mythology"     Speakers: Kay, Jon & Toby  [49,105]
                                             Facilitators: Jean-Marie & Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Reality is harsh and uncompromising.  Besides, what would life be
             without imagination and delight?  Those poor sops who insist on
             being reality-based through and through are grounded, all right --
             like a ship on a reef!                                          
                                              
 
                                             PRELUDE: Ana Denison, piano 
       Feb  22   "Telling Our Stories"       Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [63,96]
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Facilitators: Mary Richards & Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                                           "Shine Shine Shine"

             Have you ever had a friend sit down and really listen to you as you
             tell them a story about your life?  Have you ever given this same
             sort of attention to a friend of yours?  There is something powerful,
             transformative, about sharing our stories with one another.
             
             
                  March 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Spring Break
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30 31
                                             


                                             Prelude: The Jasper Boys: "Last Flowers to the Hosiptal" by Radiohead. 
       Mar   1   "Conflict, Anger, Rage:     Speakers: Rev. Tom Capo  [55,84]
                 A Different Approach to     Facilitators: Chris White & Sam Wormley
                   Differences"              Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
            Martin Luther King, Jr. approached differences without rage or violence,
            even when violence was done to him. What can we learn from his approach
            to differences that will help us personally, and in dealing with
            differences in our church and in the greater community. 


                                             Youth Prelude: Eden Marek, piano
       Mar   8   "TBD"                       Speakers: Rev. Selva Lehman  [43,65]
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Facilitators: Mary Richards & Linda Barnes
                   [New Member Sunday]       Accompanist: Wes Shank
                                             Special Music:
					     
	    How can we live in community with others when there is social, economic,
	    and ethnic diversity? How does diversity impact who we are? Join in this
	    personal journey in search of belonging.
					     
                                             
       Mar  15   "Winter to Spring:          Speakers: Linda Barnes  [43,73]
               Participate in the awakening" Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
					     
	     Awaken to the possibilities that lie before us. A look at opportunities
	     we can personally make from the current economic and environmental
	     crises that will give our communities and, in turn, our world greater
	     human and environmental justice.  
					                                                  
                                             
     Spring Equinox  Mar 20  5:44am CST      Prelude: Claire Dupuis (Piano)
       Mar  22  "Suffrage"                   Speakers: Janet Alcorn, Lori, etc. [54,77]
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Janet Alcorn and others
                                             
             Several years ago, when ISU was dedicating the Carrie Chapman Catt Hall,
             Janet Alcorn, Jane Cox and the Iowa State Singers gave a performance of
             readings and songs of the Suffrage Movement. Join is as we explore the
             Suffrage Movement is readings and music in the context of our UU
             heritage.                                       
                                             
   
                                             PRELUDE: Zoe Pritchard, piano & Jasmine Ambrosio, violin
       Mar  29   "TBD"                       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [88,94]
               [Justice Sunday]              Facilitators: Jon Hunstock & Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Harp Ensemble

	     Join Brian in his first Sunday back from sabbatical as he explores the
	     idea of justice in our community and our world.
	     
             

             

                  April 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                       1  2  3  4 <-- Prairie Star District Conference in Duluth (April 3-5 "Our Blue Boat Home")
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- COA Retreat
             26 27 28 29 30


 
       Apr   5  "The Interdependent Web:     Speakers: (Brian in for) Jean Eells  [48,54] 
            Right Relationships to the Land" Facilitators: Chris White & Greta Anderson
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: The Overworked Women Vocal Ensemble
                                             
             Here in Iowa, where commodity rules, join in an exploration of the idea
             of land as community and what it means to live in right relationship to
             the land.

                                             
       Apr  12  "Life"                       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [75,100]
                {Easter]                     Facilitators: Jess Higgins & Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Oye Oye"
                                                           
             To our conscious minds, it seems that we live a linear existence, a
             starting path from birth to death, while surrounded by the recurring
             circular seasons of life, death, and life's return. Easter connects
             those two aspects of our story with ancient symbols and miraculous
             stories. In these connections, we can find reasons for joy. Join in our
             celebration of the creative process that leads us toward life. 

             We will host a child-dedication celebration at both services. Please
             contact the Rev. Brian Eslinger or DYCM, Lori Allen to register your
             family or for more
             information.                                                          
                                                           
                                                           
 
       Apr  19  "Earth Day"                  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Lori  [66,130] 
                [All Congregational]         Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Andrew Williams
                 [Earth Day]                 Accompanist: None Requires
                                             Special Music: Children's Orf Group & Blue Moon Players
                                             
             As we join the worldwide celebration of our home, the planet Earth,
             we'll explore how our congregation is becoming a Green Sanctuary and how
             we can each lead a greener life all year round.
                                             
 
                                             Prelude: Recorder Consort  [55,106]
       Apr  26  "A brief history of          Speakers: Judge Odell McGhee
                   African Americans"        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Mary Richards
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ian Werbel (violin) 5-6 min
                                             Postlude: Recorder Consort

             Polk County District Judge Odell McGhee brings the Langston Hughes
             Theatrical Troupe to present vignettes from four distinct segments of
             Black American history -- Slavery, Jim Crow, Harlem Renaissance and
             modern times.

                                             

                                             
 
                   May 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16         COA Celebration in the Evening
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31

 
                 Single Service 10am
       May   3  "A Cast of Thousands"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Paul & Peggy  [157]          
              [Annual Meeting follows]       Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Amy Slagell
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Accompanist: Barb Evenson
               [Senior Recognition]          Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Special Music: Youth Band
                                             
             Join in our annual celebration of the arts. Single 10 a.m. service
             before annual meeting, picnic afterward at Emma McCarthy Lee Park.
                                                                                                       
                                             
       May  10   "Mother's Day"              Speakers: Mary Richards  [49,62]
                [Mothers Day]                Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Lisa Larson and Dylan Larson-Konar.
                                             
             A day begun in protest of war, which we have transformed into a
             celebration of our female parents, can arouse a wide variety of emotions
             in each of us,as do the wide and varied uses of the title 'Mother':
             Mother Earth, Mother Courage, Mother Teresa, Alma Mater. Come join us
             for insights about the nurturing spirit we associate with this day.
                                                     
                                           
       May  17  "Out With a Big Bang"        Speakers: Lori Allen  [44,68]
                [All Congregational]         Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Wes Shank & Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music:
 
             Join as we celebrate this time of annual transition as certain
             Fellowship programs and routines wind down or shift to a summer
             schedule. We will also mark Charles Darwin's birthday.


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       May  24  "Tell Me A Story"            Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [127]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Just back from my graduation ceremony at Meadville Lombard Theological
             School, I will be telling some tales about my Doctor of Ministry
             program, which focused on storytelling and folklore. Brian & Lisa
             Eslinger will host a thank-you luncheon for the Fellowship immediately
             after the service.
                                             
                                             
       May  31  "Flower Communion"           Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [132]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Willians, Amanda Feeley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             As we celebrate the return of spring, we will reflect on the story of
             the first flower communion in Unitarian history. Please bring a flower
             to share if you are able.
             
             


 
                  June 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6  <-- PSD Program Planning Meeting (June 6)
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13  <-- Dawn Cooley's Ordination (June 13)
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20  <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting (June 20)
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27  <--  GA June 24-28, 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah
             28 29 30  <-------------- Linda to Cedar Falls (June 28)
             
             
 
       Jun   7  "Duets"                      Speakers: Paul Ferrone (Shepherd), Janet, Brian  [108]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Greta Anderson
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Yes!    
                                             
             A Cast of Thousands Partnerships strengthen our creative impact on the
             world. We'll present a variety of types of partnerships in musical duets
             and in stories of partners whose creativity made a difference.
                                                         
                                             
       Jun  13  "Dawn's Ordination"          Speakers: Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons  [92]
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson?
                                             Special Music: Music Men, Free Spririt?, Fellowship Voices
                                                         
                                             
       Jun  14  "A Fellowship of Ministry"   Speakers: Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons  [99]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:

             In his masterful 10-play cycle examining a century of black experience
             in America, the playwright August Wilson offers a powerful metaphor for
             understanding the ways in which oppression and liberation can distort
             and redeem the human soul. A visit to the City of Bones is a demanding
             and dangerous journey, with the possibility of transformation at its
             core. As we approach Juneteenth, the annual remembrance of the black
             experience of emancipation in this country, does the City of Bones
             summon us once again?
                                                     
                                             
       Jun  21  "Light in the Darkness"      Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [115]
            Summer Solstice (12:46am CDT)    Facilitators: Chris White, Jess Higgins (Sam Wormley)
               [Father's Day]                Accompanist: Mary Richards (Peggy Earnshaw)
                                             Special Music:

             On this longest day of the year, join in celebration and contemplation
             of the roles light and darkness play in our lives.
                                             
 
       Jun  28  "This I Believe"             Speakers: Deb Kline, Amanda, Joanne Barnes, Andrew, Julie Freed  [78]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Chris White (Shepherd)
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Liz Gull, Toby Ewing & Deb Kline
                                                                                     
             This I believe - We are a diverse community of caring individuals, and
             we experience and express our spiritual journeys in readings, songs, and
             stories.
             

                                             

                  July 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4 <----------------- Sam at UUSBHC on July 5th
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18 <-- Sam in LaCrosse July 12
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29 30 31
             
             
 
       Jul   5  "Walt Whitman's Democracy"   Speakers: Kay Puttock  [77]
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Amanda Feeley 
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber, Toby Ewing   
					     
	     The idea of democracy was central to Walt Whitman's llife and work. His
	     idealism and daring inspired people on both sides of the
	     Atlantic.					     
					     					                                                                                                      
                                             
       Jul  12  "A Youth-Powered Food        Speakers: Quest Students  [80]
                     Revolution"             Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Amanda Feeley 
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kinber in for Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:  
                                             
             Students attending the Real Food Challenge midwest leadership
             training--all weekend here at the Fellowship!--will be presenting a
             service on their work and what motivates their commitment. The Real Food
             Challenge is a grassroots movement of college students seeking to
             increase the procurement of "real food" (local, fair, ecologically
             sound, humane) on their campuses.
                                                                                     
                                                             
       Jul  19  "What Has Happened to the    Speakers: Paul Turner, Kelly Cheney, Mary Richards   
                    American Dream?"         Facilitators: Chris White & Amy Slagell 
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber   
                                             Special Music:  
                                             
             Our founding fathers declared the right of every American to "life,
             liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"; Our UU principles echo these
             rights as they apply to all humanity.  What direction are we taking in
             making these goals come true?  Come participate in a service that
             features Paul Turner, Iowa staff director for AMOS (A Mid-Iowa
             Organizing Strategy) helping us survey this question as it applies to
             all of us and our fellow citizens in this community, and to explore what
             we can do to improve the
             situation.                                      
                                             
 
       Jul  26  "GA 2009: Standing on        Speakers: Erv Klaas  [72]
                  the side of love"          Facilitators: Jess Higgins, Andrew Williams, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:

             Erv Klaas shares with us lessons and observations from the 
	     2009 General Assembly and why these are important to all of us. 



                 August 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Ramadan Aug. 21 thru Sep. 19
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31 <----------------- Sam at FUCDM on August 30th
             
             
              
       Aug   2   "Path Diverted"             Speakers: Greg Pelley from FUCDM  [93]
                                             Facilitators: Greta Anderson, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: 
                                             
             A young man 'puts away childish things' to become a "Man with a Plan".
             Then life inevitably diverts his path. A reflection on rediscovering the
             joys of childhood while finding one's own  route through adulthood.
                                                                
                                                          
       Aug   9   "Exploring the Connections: Speakers: Lara Martinsen-Burrell [89]
                 A Physical Investigation"   Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Amanda Feeley
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Join Lara Martinsen-Burrell from the UUSBHC in using our individual body
             to touch the silent spaces inside, to encounter one another, and to move
             beyond--perhaps without moving an inch.
                                             
                                             
       Aug  16   "The Interdependent Web:    Speakers: Jean Eells  [91]
            Right Relationships to the Land" Facilitators: Chris White & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Here in Iowa, where commodity rules, join in an exploration of the idea
             of land as community and what it means to live in right relationship to
             the land.
                                                     
 
       Aug  23   "The Harmless Enigma"       Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [135]
                 [UUFA Summer Picnic]        Facilitators: Andrew Williams & Amy Slagell
                [Emma McCarthy Lee Park]     Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music:

	     What might Umberto Eco have meant when he said the world is a "harmless
	     enigma"? Join me as  Eco's words guide my exploration of how we assign
	     meaning to our place on the planet.
					     
 
       Aug  30   "Salsa Communion"           Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [121]
                 {Ramadan begins]            Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Amanda Feeley
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:

	     Celebrate the fruits of summer with our reflections on the sweet and
	     spicy combinations that our labors can create.



                September 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <-- Ramadan Aug. 21 thru Sep. 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30

             
             
 
       Sep   6  "Global Climate Change"      Speakers: Ewing & Wormley  [104]
                                             Facilitators: Greta Anderson, Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Wes Shank
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw  
                                             
             Toby and Sam, once again team up to bring you the latest insights into,
             and reflections on, global climate change. Please join us as we tell
             the story of how two skeptics, using some elementary science, convinced
             themselves that the world's climatologist are right.
             

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       Sep  13  "Ingathering"                Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [66,114]
             [Rosh Hashanah Sept 18]         Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amanda Feeley
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:

	     As we gather to reconnect after the summer, we'll share in our annual
	     water communion. At this ingathering ritual, you are invited to bring a
	     small amount of water from your travels (or use symbolic water provided)
	     and share a brief story about one of your meaningful summer adventures.
	     Whether your water is from the pools of glacier melt on the Himalayas or
	     the wading pool at Brookside Park, each drop reminds us of our
	     connection to one another and to our planet, just as all of our
	     adventures connect us to the human spirit.

                                             
                 "To Be a Pilgrim"
       Sep  20  "Dragons of the East & West" Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [66,113]
           Fall Equinox Sep 22 10:19pm CDT   Facilitators: Chris White, Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
 
	     Join the Coming of Age youth as they recount the adventures and lessons
	     from their Boston heritage 


       Sep  27  "Holding Hands with Mental   Speakers: Andrew Williams & Others  [55,125]
                 Illness: How We Can Learn   Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Kelly Cheney
                 from Each Other"            Accompanist: None Needed
                   [Yom Kippur]              Special Music: Jen McClung

             Frank discussion of mental illness is taboo. Let's break that barrier in
             and move to greater understanding and acceptance. Please join me in this
             presentation of caring, connections, and compassion.
             
             Computers were set up to assist folks taking the Environmental Assessment 
             Survey by members of the Green Sanctuary Committee. 



                 October 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3 <-- PSD Annual Program Planning Meeting 10-4 Fireside Rm
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
        +--> 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- Reggie's Sleep(or lack thereof) Out is Oct 17
        |    18 19 20 21 22 23 24
        |    25 26 27 28 29 30 31
        +---------------------------- Fellowship Voices in Des Moines
        
 
       Oct   4  "Guest at Your Table"        Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger, Greta Anderson, Andrew Hanft  [92,92]          
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Mary Richards
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, FUCDM Choir 

             As Unitarian Universalists, we can be proud of having an organization,
             the UU Service Committee, that puts justice first. But what does this
             mean and why is it important? Andrew adds observations from the Coming
             of Age group's visit to the UUSC's headquarters to what the other two
             think they already know.
                                                                                                       
                                             
       Oct  11   "Come Out, Come Out,        Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger & others  [59,96]
                    Who ever you are"        Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Kelly Cheney
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits 
                                             
             We've come a long way since National Coming Out Day began in 1988, but
             change is incremental, both on for individuals, groups, and society.
             Join us as we explore "the only measure of your words and your deeds
             will be the love you leave behind when you're done" as a core value in
             marriage equality and being fully whomever we are.
                                             
                                             

       Oct  18  "Before and After Snapshots  Speakers: Green Sanctuary Project  [56,100]
                 Becoming a Green Sanctuary  Facilitators: Amanda Feeley, Jess Higgins
                 Congregation"               Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             
             Members of the Green Sanctuary Committee will talk about becoming a
             Green Sanctuary Congregation and share the snapshot of the UUFA and our
             members' current environmental attitudes and practices.
                                             
                                             
       Oct  25   "Samhian/day of the Dead"   Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [54,106]
                    [Chili Cookoff?]         Facilitators: Andrew Williams & Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music:

             People around the world engage in an annual ritual of remembrance. We
             choose the fall as a time when nature is getting ready to sleep and we
             search back for that wisdom of our ancestors. As part of our time
             together, we will construct an altar of memories; please bring a
             photograph or artifact that reminds you of someone you would like to
             honor. This service will also include child dedications. If you are
             interested in participating in this ceremony to welcome children into
             our Fellowship, please contact Brian.



                November 2009
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Sam in North Central IA (Mason City) on Nov 1
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21                                              
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- Thanksgiving Holiday, Nov 26
             29 30

              
       Nov   1  "Harvest Festival"           Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger with Linda Barnes  [79,142]        
               [New Member Sunday]           Facilitators: Sarah Carlson & Amy Slagell in for Chris White
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Blue Moon Players                    

	     As the final jars of pickles are put up on the shelves and the squash
	     and pumpkins set up with the apples, we'll take time to connect with
	     both our own rituals of the season and those of our partner congregation
	     in Tordátfalva.
                                             

       Nov   8  "Wisdom of Our Elders:       Shepherds: Greta & Kay   [62,78]
               Wisdom of Our Community"      Elders: Roger Berger, Larry Burkhalter, Mary Richards and Bobby Warman
                                             Facilitators: Greta & Kay 
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher & Larry Burkhalter
					     
	     Cultures throughout the world honor elders for their wisdom and the
	     experience they embody. Come and hear the collective wisdom of four
	     distinguished members of our UU community.
					     
                                             
       Nov  15  "Is Love Enough"             Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [60,112]
              [UUA: Association Sunday]      Facilitators: Mary Richards, Andrew Hanft
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Raman Jazz Ensemble

             The Unitarian Universalist Association has chosen Standing on the Side
             of Love for the theme of its public-advocacy campaign. While this sounds
             good, is love enough? What does it mean to stand on love's side? I'll
             explore these questions while reinforcing our connection to a larger
             religious body on this Association Sunday.
             

       Nov  22  "Gratitude"                  Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [104,160]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Harp Ensemble

             Too often we ask, "What does the world have to offer me?" What would
             it be like to live with a sense of gratitude instead? The season of
             Thanksgiving seems a perfect opportunity to ask such a question. 
                                                                                     
 
       Nov  29  "American roots of           Speakers: Clair Keller  [56,57]
              Unitarianism: continuity       Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Sarah Carlson
                  or spontaneity"            Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Special Music: Daniel Apatiga

             When historians examine the origins of  any movement, they reach back
             as far as they can and then trace the continuity of the movement over
             time.  While there are numerous events that can be tied to Unitarianism,
             they are not roots.  Unitarianism did not grow from roots.  It emerged
             from thinking individuals.
                                             
                                             
                                             
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       Dec   6  "Whose Woods These Are"      Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [61,106]          
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams & Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
					     
	     For me, winter is a time of contemplation. Robert Frost's poem is often
	     a starting point for my contemplative journey. Join me as I take that
	     moment to rest and be held in the darkness of the season.
	     			     
					                          
       Dec  13  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [86,121]
                 [Hanukah 12th]              Facilitators: Jess Higgins & Andrew Williams
                 [Murharram 18th]            Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Special Music: Fellowship Voices & Orff Players

	     Stories of the Season the Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger, Lori Allen & a Cast
	     of Several. As we tell the tales of many traditions, we'll connect
	     through story and song to the celebration of the wintry season.	
	
                                             
       Dec  20  "Ho, Ho, Ho: Wooing the      Shepherds: White & Puttock  [42,83]
                 sun's return with humor     Facilitators: Kay Puttock & Toby Ewing
                    and imagination"         Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
        Winter Solstice Dec 21 11:47am CST   Special Music: Deb Kline
        
             Santa has the most stressful job in the world, but manages to laugh
             through it all. Come laugh with us and transcend the challenges of the
             darkness and the pressures of the season.
 
                        
       Dec  24  "Tailor of Gloucester"       Play: Fellowship Youth  [104]
                                             Facilitators: Brian
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music:

	     This early Christmas Eve service features a cast of Fellowship children
	     in the Tailor of Gloucester, as well as songs, candlelight, and
	     reflections on the season.					     
					     
 
       Dec  24  "Christmas Story & Carols"   Speakers: Folks from the Fellowship (Sam Shepherds) [15]
                                             Facilitators: Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Non Required
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher, Barb Evenson
                                             
             This late Christmas Eve service is traditionally quiet and reflective.
             Please join us as we share not just "the" Christmas Story, but several
             garnished with familiar carols we all know.
 
 
       Dec  27  "On Christmas Day in the     Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [52,54]
                     Morning"                Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Kay Puttock
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Accompanist: Anne kimber
                                             Special Music: Andrew Mushel, piano, Craig Mushel, violin

	     On this first Sunday after Christmas, I'll reflect on the meaning of
	     this event from my personal theology and seek to understand how we can
	     help create a world that honors every child's birthday.